The Delaware Forest Service is seeking new recruits for its wildfire training classes at the Delaware State Fire School, 1461 Chestnut Grove Road, Dover.

No experience is needed. Candidates should be older than 18, physically fit and motivated to learn. Trainees should be willing to travel for at least two weeks — usually during the summer — for out-of-state fire assignments. Classes can help earn “red-card” certification from the National Wildfire Coordinating Group to serve on Delaware’s wildfire crew. This year, Delaware dispatched a crew that battled blazes in the Rocky Mountain region of western Colorado.

This year’s training will take place over two separate weekends. The first session will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and 22, lunch included. The second session will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 4 and 5, lunch included. Each session costs $50. Applicants should register by Oct. 16 by phone to 739-4773 or email to

Trainees will complete the following courses on two separate weekend sessions. In addition, students must complete ICS-100 — available online ± before classes begin.

— Session one: S-190, intro to wildland fire behavior, and S-130, firefighter training.

— Session two: S-130, firefighter training.

S-190 and S-130 are required for prospective firefighters to attain “red-card” certification from the National Wildfire Coordinating Group. In addition to the basic coursework, candidates must also complete a work capacity or pack test, which involves carrying a 45-pound pack over a 3-mile course in less than 45 minutes.

The capstone of the Delaware Forest Service’s annual wildfire training is its annual Fire Camp at Redden State Forest in Georgetown. Held in April, the one-day seminar includes hands-on training across a range of wildland firefighting tools and strategies, culminating in a live-burn exercise designed to simulate conditions on an actual fire assignment.

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